“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones: You shall be like a well watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of the Streets to dwell in.”
A repairer of the breach, a restorer of the streets to dwell in???
The word “breach” is used figuratively to “avert calamity” or to intercede on someone’s behalf.
Oh, how there have been times in my life when I was so thankful the God placed other believers in my life to intercede and “avert calamity”. I have learned much about interceding and “standing in the gap” from them.
We, as believers, are “to stand in the gap”, be repairers of the breach. Intercession is work; it isn’t a trivial prayer sent up with a “God bless________”.
The effective, fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much, James tells us.
Thankfully, our righteousness comes from the righteousness of Christ and not our own.
2 Cor. 5:21. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.
My paraphrase: Jesus, who knew no sin, became my sin so that I may have His right-standing with God in Jesus. In Jesus, I am a righteous person. Sounds like heresy doesn’t it but that’s what God’s Word tell us.
We can stand on this promise. “Standing” in Him is knowing and fully relying on Him and His Word to lead us.
In order to intercede for someone, we need to begin praying specific scripture over their situation. The problem is we do not take the time to study and know the Word well enough for the Holy Spirit to bring it to our minds.
We also repair the breach, gaps, by standing for truth. We are living in a world where everything seems to be relative. It reminds me of the people in the book of Judges. Everyone did what was right IN THEIR OWN EYES.
What is right in my eyes? As I write this I am convicted. Too many times I am quick to see only from my perspective. It has been said that there are two sides to every story. In God’s kingdom it is only God’s side that really counts. God is the one who sees all, who knows all the circumstances. His name is El Elyon, the God who sees! There is absolute truth! Our Father God is Truth.
Standing in the gap, repairing the breaches challenges me and I pray it will challenge you also. I pray that you are encouraged to get into God’s Word and search out the plans He has for you. God’s Word is a workbook for all the promises, plans, directions for our lives. God’s Holy Spirit has promised to guide and direct each believer’s path. Won’t you join us and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you into a useful vessel for this eternal work?